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1914 Richter’s History and Records of Base Ball Signed by Francis Richter
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $829.50
First edition of Richter's History and Records of Base Ball by Francis Richter, inscribed by the author in black fountain pen (grading "9/10") on the front flyleaf: "To Edgar Scott, my friend and fellow lover of Base Ball - Francis Richter." "The Richter Book," as it is most commonly referred to by advanced collectors, was self-published in 1914, and printed by The Dando Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the few key historical baseball volumes that is widely regarded as essential for any great baseball library. The 306-page book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to 1914, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of nearly every important player and league official. As the founder and editor of The Sporting Life, Richter was more than qualified to write this book. In his foreword, he remarks "This volume is designed to supply the growing need of a concise, yet complete, record of our National Game, from its remote inception and humble beginning to the present period of magnificent development to real national stature." It should be noted that the Richter book is often found with serious condition problems. Perhaps relating to being self-published, a somewhat less than ideal and uneven quality paper was intentionally used, making the pages susceptible to damage. The offered volume is superior to most others with regard to the condition of the interior pages. Aside from some very light toning, the pages are remarkably clean and bright. There are two light areas of adhesive residue on the front flyleaf that are probably related to the signature having been protected or covered at one time. Both covers and all of the pages remain firmly bound. The red cloth covers display moderate wear, including a number of small, light blemishes and edge bumps. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a fine representative copy of this scarce and important reference work and only the fourth signed edition we have ever offered. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $829.50
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